Back from Napa Valley

Ah, I’m back from the Napa Valley cycling trip. Four of us took 14 students on an eight day trip to the Redwoods, Sonoma County, and Napa Valley. Six rides of 15-45 miles, five nights of camping, two nights sleeping in churches, and 1423 miles of driving. We visited five different vineyards.

Sonoma VineyardBest part of the trip: the students. All were positive and enthusiastic, and patient when things went wrong temporarily. I had a great time talking with them around the camp fire, being a silent listener during the long drives, and being simply stunned by how hauntingly intelligent they are (especially in the “expert learner” forms of intelligence). More on this later.

Napa Valley wine cellarChallenging parts of the trip: the weather (rain and cold on about half of the days), the camping (sometimes no water, othertimes only cold water in the showers), the driving (more tiring than the cycling), and the overall density of the logistics (lots of bikes to maintain, camps to create and tear down, etc.). The leaders noted that this was one of the most difficult trips weather wise, and they’ve been leading this trip for ten years.

I’ll post some more thoughts about this trip, the student’s choice of media, and other observations later today.

Cycling in Calistoga
Cycling into Calistoga.

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